Archive for August, 2009

Licensing Legislation Radical Revamp!

Friday, August 14th, 2009

wine5 am on 1 September 2009 sees the introduction of all the provisions of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.   Licensing Law as the Scottish public currently knows it will cease at that time when the new Licensing Legislation comes into effect.   By that date, every licensed premise in Scotland will require to hold a premises licence.    If there is not one in existence, then they cannot sell or supply alcohol.     Some 20% of Scottish licensed premises have not applied for a premises licence and cannot trade after the 1 September.   (more…)

Energy Performance Certificates

Friday, August 14th, 2009

lightbulbThe controversy about the introduction of compulsory Home Reports for sellers continues to rage, but one aspect of the Home Report we’d all better get used to is the Energy Performance Certificate or “EPC”. With the introduction of Home Reports for properties marketed after 1 December 2008 it became mandatory for all sellers of residential property to obtain an EPC. This has been expanded to cover sales of property marketed before 1 December 2008 and properties marketed for lease after 4 January 2009. (more…)

E-mail Communication

Friday, August 14th, 2009

emailLegal Firms in general have a reputation for living in the dark ages – certainly in some cases we still require to deal with Title Deeds which are hundreds of years old.  At James and George Collie we do, however, try to look to the future.  A Firm of our size generates huge amounts of both legal documents and correspondence.  This poses large problems relating to filing and storage – let alone the destruction of many forests!  At James and George Collie we are looking to embrace modern technology and to aim as far as possible for a paperless file.  (more…)